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Munnar, The Popular and Picturesque Hill Station of Kerala
Munnar , The Beautiful Hill Station at Kerala Western Ghats:
The summer resort of Kerala, Munnar, located at an altitude of 1524 meters, on the towering Paschimghat hill range, is a land amidst the awe inspiring natural locale. It is also the most beautiful hill station of Kerala.
The secluded serene city is famous for producing cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon and cloves. The dream city for the nature lovers is surrounded by three feral and untamed hilly rivers Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala. The fascinating city is also known as “the tea country”. Besides the astonishing well spread tea gardens, tourists can watch tea processing as well. Interested tourists who love different tea flavors can even purchase tea packets from Munnar. Munnar also houses the only tea museum of India.
Coffee groves along with the lingering green carpets of tea garden fascinate hordes of holiday makers and nature lovers. The hillock, located on the lap of captivating nature, is a perfect travel destination for honey moon couples. The old Munnar, situated on the hilly tila, is the lifeline of the entire Munnar city.
The Roman Catholic Christ Church, built in 1898, is the prime attraction for the Christian tourists. Even though the Church doesn’t look attractive but 14 rows of the chairs and imprinted commemorative statuettes on the walls are worth watching. Besides the beguiling Roman Catholic Christ Church, Tata General Hospital and Roman Catholic Church Mount Carmel are the other coveted destinations for the interested holiday makers. However, a lot of striking monuments and old history of Munnar are now in ruins due to the flood that took place in 1924.
The meaning of ‘Mun’ is three whereas ‘ar’ means rivers. The place pulls huge crowd due to the three rivers, Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala, all of which can be seen at a distance of 13 km from the main city. This is the place where all these uncultivated rivers are meeting with each other. A dam, installed right at this place, has helped to build the Pullivasal Hydro Electric Project. The Mattupatty Lake, about 12 km from the city of Munnar, is another sought after tourists’ destination. The Lake, formed at the congregating point of three rivers, is a result of installing the dam. The blue streams of the Lake, encircled by the soaring green mountains, look amazing when its small waves hit the adjoining banks.
It’s a destination for all the tourists who love the stillness and tranquility. They can enjoy the atmosphere, especially in the quiet noon. Colorful and pulsating butterflies move around to entertain the nature lovers like you. Myriad of indigenous and nomadic birds would amuse the bird watchers as well. Watch the changing colors of the nature while boating in the Lake. You are going to have a lifetime experience in the middle of the beguiling and mesmeric natural locus.
If you are really interested to watch the entire Hydro power project and want to know how it works then you have to grant permission from the DTDC Information Office, Old Munnar @ (04865) 23156.
Cattle Breeding Centre or the Indo-Swiss Dairy farm, located towards the southern tip of the Lake, is another charming destination.
Tourists who visit Munnar have to watch the sight of the Eravikulam or Rajamalai National Park, about 17 km away from the city. The Eravikulam Nationa Park, covering a sprawling 100 square km of area, located at a height of 1950 meters from the plains, is a nearby fascinating manor. The National Park houses maximum numbers (1317) of Nilgiri Tahr. If you want to visit and enjoy the Park thoroughly then avoid the rainy season. Take permission from the Wildlife Warden, Munnar before you get into the Park.
Eco point, Honey Bee Tree, wild Chinnakanal and Blossom Park for seasonal flowers are the other coveted tourists’ destinations in Munnar. Apart from Pallivasal, countless other waterfalls are scattered in various parts of the hilly town, Munnar. The Pothamedu View Point, about 3 km away from the city, offers a panoramic view of the surrounds and overwhelming sunset.
Trekking lovers would be able to take the pleasure in trekking in Munnar as well. Trekkers can enjoy the astonishing cosmos while trekking to the largest crest of the Paschimghat hills in South India, Anamudi, located at an elevation of 2695 meters. The peak looks like a head of an elephant. Nilgiri Tahr, elephants, Shambars and Gaurs stroll on the slopes of various acclivities of the Paschimghat hills. If you want to watch these ambling denizens then you have to go to the gateway which is located in Vaguvarai, about 16 km away from Munnar. Take a walk to the Rajamalai from the entrance. Rajamalai is a part of the hilly territory of Naikundi hill.
Book a room for you and your family members in the Forest Rest House if you want to enjoy the fascinating nature for a while.
Places around the Devikulam or the Sita Devi Lake, about 16 km away from Munnar, located at an altitude of 1800 meters, are popular destinations for the picnic and outing lovers. The spice garden on the banks of the Lake entices many. Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls in the close proximity look marvelous. The surrounding hills are hidden in the dark and quiet shades of the red and blue colored Gum trees. The adjoining places enjoy the dimness, especially when thick clouds gather on top of them. Try and carry packed food and have a picnic.
Holiday makers who really love this façade of the nature can stay at Government Guest House, on the banks of the stunning Lake.
Located at a distance of 60 km from Munnar, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, covering 90 sq km of rambling area, is another nearby accessible destination for the nature lovers.
The Top Station, about 32 km away from Munnar, at an elevation of 2200 meters, is the highest tea grown in South India. Avail a bus or Jeep or taxi from Munnar to the Top Station. You will touch the shooting Point, Eco Point and Tata Tea Estate on the way to the tea garden. Previously there was a rope way in the Top Station. However, rope way station is not their anyway. Located at the edge of the Paschim Ghat hills, at the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu, the Top Station, also offers a wonderful view of Tamilnadu. Another attraction of the Top Station is the beautiful Neelakurinji flowers which bloom just once every 12 years.
How to reach: Munnar is well connected to Mettupetty, Devikulam, Top Station, Ernakulam, Coimbatore, Madurai, Thekkadi, Thiruvananthapuram, Palani, Kochi, Kodai Kanal by frequent bus services. The Munnar Bus stand is located at the northern side of the city. It is best reached from Madurai.
Where to stay: Hill Resort of KTDC, Windermere Resort, Hotel Hill View, Hotel Monnar Inn, Hotel Arata Tourist Home, Royal Retreat, Hotel Rahi Inn, Hotem Munnar Dream Palace, Hi-range Inn, Club Mahindra and Hotel Mermaid. Always book in advance to avoid disappointment.
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